The New Christy Minstrels – On Tour Through Motortown (1968/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 30:32 minutes | 674 MB | Genre: Folk
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Columbia – Legacy
The New Christy Minstrels were formed by singer/guitarist Randy Sparks in 1961. Sparks had been a solo musician in the late 1950s, mixing folk music with Broadway. In 1960 he formed the Randy Sparks Trio with his wife, Jackie Miller, and Nick Woods, but soon realized he wanted a larger group. At the time folk music was very popular and choral groups like the Norman Luboff Choir and Les Baxter’s Balladeers began incorporating it in their repertoires. Sparks created a 14-voice ensemble, The New Christy Minstrels, by combining his trio with another trio, The Inn Group (John Forsha, Karol Dugan and Jerry Yester), a quartet, The Fairmount Singers, and banjo player Billy Cudmore, folk-blues singer Terry Cudmore, folk singer Dolan Ellis and singer/guitarist Art Podell.Large commercial folk groups did not exist in those days, and The New Christy Minstrels burst onto the folk scene with “a barrage of color-coordinated blazers, starched petticoats, choreographed grins, and stage makeup.” The group’s name was derived from Christy’s Minstrels, a blackface group formed by Philadelphia-born showman Edwin Pearce Christy in 1842. Sparks modeled his relationship to his band after legendary composer Stephen Foster, who had given many of his compositions to the original Minstrels to help popularize them.
In April 1962 the group, reduced to ten members after the early departure of The Fairmount Singers, recorded their debut album, Presenting The New Christy Minstrels for Columbia Records (CL1872/CS8672). It won a Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Chorus and sat in the Billboard 200 charts for two years, peaking at number 19. The album included Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land”, which entered the pop singles charts in December 1962
The success of Presenting resulted in the group being booked on The Andy Williams Show, a television variety show, for its 1962–63 season. During this time several members left the group and were replaced by others. Forsha, Dugan and Yester left to pursue their own careers, with Yester later joining the Modern Folk Quartet. Singer/guitarists Barry McGuire and Barry Kane of Barry & Barry, vocalist Peggy Connelly, singer/banjoist Larry Ramos, and Clarence Treat on upright bass joined the group. Connelly was soon replaced by another vocalist, Gayle Caldwell. Sparks remained at the helm of the group as both director and arranger. The new lineup began playing regularly at The Troubadour in Los Angeles in mid-1962, and their style of performance was similar to those by the 1930s big bands and the 1950s English traditional-jazz ensembles. Some songs were performed by the full group and others by duos and trios within the group.
01. The New Christy Minstrels – Dancing In the Streets (02:40)
02. The New Christy Minstrels – Where Did Our Love Go (03:33)
03. The New Christy Minstrels – Reach Out (I’ll Be There) (02:46)
04. The New Christy Minstrels – Stop In the Name of Love (03:27)
05. The New Christy Minstrels – Ain’t Gonna Waste My Life Loving You (02:17)
06. The New Christy Minstrels – Shotgun (03:40)
07. The New Christy Minstrels – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (03:30)
08. The New Christy Minstrels – My Girl (03:11)
09. The New Christy Minstrels – A Place In the Sun (02:41)
10. The New Christy Minstrels – Just Look at Her Now (02:43)